Kindiki assures Raila of security during Azimio protests, asks for demo schedules

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On Tue, 6 Dec, 2022 18:15 | 2 mins read
Kindiki assures Raila of security during Azimio protests, asks for demo schedules
Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki at a past function. PHOTO/Ministry of Interior (@InteriorKE)/Twitter

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has assured Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya party leader Raila Odinga and his supporters of security ahead of planned anti-government meetings at Kamukunji Grounds on Wednesday, December 7, and the mega rally at Jacaranda Gardens on December 12.

While asking for demo schedules, the CS who was speaking in Laikipia noted that security remains the first priority for all Kenyans adding that the government is committed to ensuring protesters will be safe.

Kindiki noted that although demos are allowed in the constitution, protestors will not be allowed to carry any form of weapons.

Mambo ya maandamano ni haki ya kikatiba, nitatuma polisi wawalinde. Naenda kesho niitishe programme.(Demonstrations are constitutional and I'm assuring you of security. Provide the schedules,” kithure Kindiki told Azimio.

This comes barely days after Azimio announced they will hold parallel Jamhuri Day celebrations on December 12, 2022, to protest what its leadership terms a violation of the Constitution by the Kenya Kwanza administration.

Addressing a press conference in Nairobi on Monday, December 5, Azimio leaders led by Raila Odinga and Martha Karua said the "public consultations with patriots" will be held at Jacaranda Gardens in Nairobi.

Raila said the rally will be peaceful and called on President William Ruto's administration not to interfere with the meeting.

“On the 12th of December, we are going to Jacaranda Gardens in Embakasi, not Kamukunji. We will be celebrating Jamhuri Day with Kenyan patriots and it is also going to be a very peaceful congregation. No protests, no picketing, although that is also guaranteed by the constitution of Kenya,” Raila said.

“If we wanted to do a demonstration or protest, we would just inform the police to provide security and do it, but we are not demonstrating or engaging in any act of thuggery and hooliganism and no property is going to be destroyed. The government should not use this as an excuse to bring thugs there to try to disrupt this function.”